The game was a seesaw battle early and was swayed by the biggest of mistakes by the Tigers' Vernon Payne.
The junior forward was keeping Campbellsville (12-8) in the game, scoring 15 points in the first 16 minutes, including two straight monster alley-oop dunks that seemed to tilt momentum.
But after burying a 3-pointer to cut Tech's lead to 36-30 in the waning moments of the half, he was called for a technical foul for taunting the crowd. Campbellsville coach Keith Adkins nearly exploded and Payne, who up until that point had been the Tigers' best scoring option by far, didn't see the floor again.
Eddie Gordon nailed the resulting two free throws and a Donnell 3-pointer with two seconds left gave the Bears a sudden 11-point lead at the break, their biggest of the game to that point.
Donnell's personal 12-3 spurt to begin the second half grew the lead to 20, and although the Tigers eventually cut the deficit to under 10 in the final minute, by then the game had become a foul-shooting contest.
On this day there was just no outshooting the Golden Bears.
"I don't think we competed and battled hard," Adkins said. "I think we were very passive. Give them credit for making shots. They're a good team, they have good athletes, and Coach Williams, I have the utmost respect for him as a coach and I think he does a great job. But the bottom line is I don't think we competed as good as we should've."
Justin Ennis scored 20 points to lead Campbellsville and Addison Smith chipped in with 11.
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